Pay Attention to This! Distracted Driving in Ontario
Most Ontario drivers are now well aware of the fact that it is illegal to use hand-held devices will driving. Since October 26, 2009, this new law has been in force. The “cell phone while driving ban” was introduced through Bill 118, which amended Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act. The amendment prohibits drivers from using hand-held wireless communication devices (such as cell phones and Blackberries) and hand-held entertainment devices (such as iPods or PlayStation Portables) while driving. The amendment also prohibits display screens in vehicles, such as DVD or MP3 players and laptop computers, but only if they are visible to the driver and are unrelated to the driving task.
Indeed, the idea behind the “using a cell phone while driving ban” was to reduce potentially deadly traffic accidents in a fast-moving environment where multi-tasking can be dangerous. Studies conducted prior to the amendments, including one by the Ontario Medical Association, indicated that the use of cell phones while driving dramatically increased the risk of accidents. There is no question that technology has made multi-tasking in our lives far more easier and convenient. However, in the context of driving, unnecessary multitasking should always be avoided. Driving requires your full attention. It only takes a split second for a dangerous situation to arise, and reaction time alone takes split seconds to negotiate through the danger. Stay alert, stay focused, and arrive alive.
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